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Bases of social obligation: the distinction between exchange and role and its consequences

Barbalet, Jack


That obligations arise from both social exchanges and social roles is well established in sociology. Less appreciated is the fundamental and dichotomous nature of exchange obligation and role obligation. In the absence of an understanding of the distinction between them exchange and role obligations may be confused, as when Mauss believes the obligations he discusses come from social exchange when he in fact shows that they derive from the imperatives of social roles. Explicit awareness of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory
DOI: .1080/1600910X.2020.1816558


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